Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Statistical Overview of the Barriers for Community Participation in Afghanistan

Sadiqi, Z, Coffey, V and Trigunarsyah, B 2013, 'Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Statistical Overview of the Barriers for Community Participation in Afghanistan', in Paul H. Barnes and Ashantha Goonetilleke (ed.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR 2013), Brisbane, Australia, 8-11 July 2013, pp. 1-5.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Post-Disaster Reconstruction: A Statistical Overview of the Barriers for Community Participation in Afghanistan
Author(s) Sadiqi, Z
Coffey, V
Trigunarsyah, B
Year 2013
Conference name IIIRR 2013
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 8-11 July 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR 2013)
Editor(s) Paul H. Barnes and Ashantha Goonetilleke
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Abstract When a community already torn by an event such as a prolonged war, is then hit by a natural disaster, the negative impact of this subsequent disaster in the longer term can be extremely devastating. Natural disasters further damage already destabilised and demoralised communities, making it much harder for them to be resilient and recover. Communities often face enormous challenges during the immediate recovery and the subsequent long term reconstruction periods, mainly due to the lack of a viable community involvement process. In post-war settings, affected communities, including those internally displaced, are often conceived as being completely disabled and are hardly ever consulted when reconstruction projects are being instigated. This lack of community involvement often leads to poor project planning, decreased community support, and an unsustainable completed project. The impact of war, coupled with the tensions created by the uninhabitable and poor housing provision, often hinders the affected residents from integrating permanently into their home communities. This paper outlines a number of fundamental factors that act as barriers to community participation related to natural disasters in post-war settings. The paper is based on a statistical analysis of, and findings from, a questionnaire survey administered in early 2012 in Afghanistan.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Post-disaster reconstruction
post-war Afghanistan
barriers for community participation
ISBN 9781921897733
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